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Before We Are Scammed Again: A Wake Up Call To All As 2019 Election Approaches

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January 19, 2018 – Before We Are Scammed Again: A Wake Up Call To All As 2019 Election Approaches

By Ogundana Michael Rotimi

Yes, politicians will say whatever it takes to get elected. Every one of them swears that they will be less corrupt, and less corruptible, than the lot in power. Eventually, when they get elected and sit on their various seats, they forget some of their promises; they even deny some- as President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC have repeatedly done.

Saying that I am disappointed in this government is just me trying to water down my level of disappointment. It was perhaps the only government in the history of the country ushered in on the ground of integrity and incorruptibility, after the downpour of the rain of corruption and thunderstorms of impunity that befell the nation under the previous administration.

Nigerians, tired of the previous administration, led by Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, took that annoyance to the polls on March 28, 2015, with high hope and aspirations and voted out an incumbent president, with the hope to have a more reliable and prosperous country. This perhaps is one of the biggest political developments in the history of the country. Unfortunately, their hope soon became battered and shattered.

Things started looking bad and ugly few weeks after the inauguration of the president. Firstly, it took over six months for a perceived prepared party and candidate to have his cabinet running. Then, the blame game and excuses started; then they made a total mess of their first budget. Then they find it difficult to manage the economy- the usual excuse about the dwindled crude oil price was lame and lazy. Afterwards, the anti-corruption stand of the administration soon became mere political and toothless.

Suddenly, the party that promised three million jobs per year could not even keep three thousand jobs per year- those who were even previously employed started losing their jobs. The same party that promised restructuring unexpectedly started asking for the meaning of restructuring.

The same party that screwed the previous government on fuel scarcity could not maintain a stable cost and readily available supply of fuel. Next, the same party that promised fire and fury on corruption started dining with corruption and swimming its allegations. #BabachirGate, #MainaGate and the rest.

The same party that frowned so terribly against incompetence now has incompetence and excellence placed at the same level in justification for appointing dead men into the board of government agencies. The same party that called out the previous government for its poor handling of the Boko Haram insurgency is now handling the herdsmen brutality with levity.

The perceived aggression and annoyance currently being displayed by a large cross-section of the populace is a function of the cumulative disappointments experienced under the leadership of the APC and the president.

Therefore, as 2019 approaches and politicians start behaving like politicians, this is a wake-up call to all Nigerians to look beyond just the political parties, but be prepared to vote nothing but competence and character, before we are scammed again. Remember, once bitten, twice shy.

About the author: Ogundana Michael Rotimi writes Lagos



  1. J. B. Hunter

    January 19, 2018 at 6:41 AM

    THE PROBLEM Is all politicians in time of campaign and election propaganda come out wearing the robe of intergrity, promise and a bright future for the electorate just to mention a few point. But changes like weather as soon as they are elected into the much coveted office. I mean to say, THEY ARE ALL THESAME.

    Although, buhari and all his APC rogues he called cabinet members are nothing but DISASTER to Nigeria and Nigerians home and abroad.

    It was out of sheer guillability and gross ignorance that made some folks celebrated his fake forge framed victory in 2015 to the point that some stupid people had to trek from Lagos to Abuja and many more had to criss-cross the country from one destinations to the other celebrating a loser called winner.
    2019 sure has a new story to tell.

    I take a stroll…

  2. Mon

    January 19, 2018 at 7:29 AM

    Waste of time and energy,nothing will work out under the same platform no matter who takes that position…


    January 19, 2018 at 9:52 AM


  4. AHMED

    January 19, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    fool me one time shame
    on you fool me second time shame on me

  5. Gendary

    January 19, 2018 at 10:47 AM

    APC Can’t scam me again. Lie, lie

  6. K

    January 19, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    My people who say we must vote only APCandPDP. If presidential candidates from other parties are Godly people vote for them, God cannot lie. If the righteous rule d pple rejoice.these two parties has absolutely nothing to offer. Get out of the cage. I pray d vote counts.God help 9ja.

  7. iron bar

    January 19, 2018 at 12:39 PM

    Are we not getting scammed already .before u know it osibanjo will start gallivanting over the churches and locql markets sharing yams and rice to re elect this fulani head of state

  8. Endurance

    January 19, 2018 at 8:15 PM

    I must commend you for the well written article. Your write-up goes on to show that not all are purblind or misguided by the empty mantra of change that succeeded in deceiving a staggering number of Nigerians into casting ballots that eventually brought the incompetent and weak Buhari to power. Nigerians have experienced servitude, oppression, economic woes, injustice and totalitarianism under the current democratic regime. Having seen the unprecedented level of suffering, armed robbery, kidnappings, hardship, rituals, increased in violent and criminality in the society ever since the APC-led government came to power, one cannot help but to declare the current regime a DISASTER that calls for national emergency. While PDP should be faulted in their role in corruption, It is obvious the 16 years of PDP mistakes is far less than the calamity of last two and half years of APC in power in multiple dimension. Our economy has suffered tremendously under Buhari’s regime . Never in history has our naira gone full flat like this. Hunger and poverty rate has never been recorded in this height before. In fact it is safe to say their is no difference between 1983 regime and the current administration. The current regime is the most greedy and deceitful government Nigerians have ever experience. The administration has the power to clampdown on judges but could showed utter disregard for human right and our constitution as well as rejecting court orders on several occasions. The gullible masses are being deceived in the name of fighting corruption while our national treasury are been looted away. And any who oppose their devilish act must go down either with intimidation, harassment or disgrace by the DSS and EFCC. This is indeed a failed administration that should be swept out of power come next year general election. It is time Nigerians become wise and remember the years of hardship they experience under General Muhammadu Buhari and never allow themselves to be scammed again. They should wake up from their slumber.

  9. DB

    January 20, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Nigeria needs the ind of coup that took place in Zimbabwe. I am sure Buhari saw it coming, that was why he put his people at the top of all military and paramilitary and govt parastatals

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